It’s a weird week, with a number of titles having a tenuous hold on their positions in my buy list. Let’s dig into that and more in The Pull, a look at my buys, recommendations, and curiosities from the week of comics.
Comic of the Week: The One Hand #1
I’ve already read this and the first issue of its twin series, The Six Fingers. I’ve also dug into its story and creation in an interview with writers Ram V and Dan Watters. So, maybe it’s no surprise for me to say that this miniseries and the two titles that are one are shaping up to be good, unique comics. But really, even if I hadn’t said all that, The One Hand is Ram V, the underrated Laurence Campbell, Lee Loughridge, Aditya Bidikar, and Tom Muller. Why would we expect anything but quality?
This is noir with a serious head on its shoulders, offering a smart, moody read that promises to get bigger and more complicated as it goes along, even if it’s built on a detective story that is small and focused in a lot of ways. It’s a rock solid series that should only get better throughout its run. I heartily recommend it, and The Six Fingers when it arrives as well.
Trade/Graphic Novel of the Week: Peacemaker Tried Hard HC
One of my Comics of 2023, Peacemaker Tries Hard! was one of the funniest and strongest titles last year. It could have just been a opportune time to tap into the James Gunn of it all, but instead, the editorial team behind it dared to perfectly cast this comic. Kyle Starks writing! Steve Pugh on art! Jordie Bellaire coloring it! Becca Carey lettering! Kris Anka on covers! This comic had an elite creative team that was as snug of a fit for the tone as possible, and they were somehow greater than the sum of their parts. If you missed this in single issues, you owe it to yourself to pick this up because it’s a fun and surprisingly heartfelt superhero comic.